Golf Course 2030 (GC2030) was established by The R&A in 2018 as an industry initiative to consider the impacts, both positive and negative, of the changing climate, resource constraints and regulation on course condition and playability.
Its aim is to produce a roadmap that will steer the sport to mitigate for the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that these issues present.
The process for implementation of GC2030 will be developed on a country or regional basis and includes:
Bringing stakeholders together
Stakeholders agreeing a structure to oversee the process
Stakeholders agreeing on priority issues
Formulating a plan to address priority issues which identifies how the challenges can be addressed and the opportunities taken
Implementing this plan and once objectives for current priority issues have been achieved, the process begins again.
The GC2030 plan produced for each country/region needs to promote greater resilience through appropriate management practices which address the challenges and opportunities. It must also meet strategic needs at regional, national and local level, and the operational needs at golf facility level.
GC2030 documents are available for the following countries/regions:
The stakeholders engaged in GC2030 need to be identified in the plan and must include the national governing body for golf and the key professional associations representing the management of golf facilities in the country/region, i.e. the club manager, the course manager and club golf professional.
Other key stakeholders would include course owners, golf course architects, professional tours, education providers, agronomic and sustainability partners, research partners and associations representing the commercial suppliers to the amenity turf industry.
Instigated and facilitated by The R&A, GC2030 is intended to address our purpose: to make golf more accessible, appealing and inclusive, and to ensure it is thriving 50 years from now.
The golf course is the sport’s foundation and without conditioning and playability that appeals to golfers, the game will not thrive.
The outcomes from GC2030 should help course managers sustain, perhaps even improve, course condition and playability compared to that we enjoy today. Information on GC2030 Projects is available here.
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